Spit with blood in a sink drain
Spit with blood in a sink drain

Symptoms of Gum Disease

What does it mean when you have bleeding gums?

Spitting blood when you brush your teeth is not normal. In fact, it could be an early sign of gum disease and can be the first stop on the journey to tooth loss.

Whether you see blood in the sink when you brush occasionally or every day, you should never ignore bleeding gums.

Illustration of a bleeding gum

Bleeding gums causes

Bleeding gums tend to be caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up around, on, and in between your teeth. If plaque bacteria is not removed, it can irritate the gums, leading to redness, bleeding and inflammation.

However, there are also a number of other possible causes of gum bleeding. These include over-brushing teeth or brushing too hard, a new toothbrush or flossing routine, and some medications.

How to stop bleeding gums

Regardless of what you think might be the cause of your bleeding gums, the best thing to do is speak to your dentist as soon as possible. They can investigate your symptoms and then advise on the best bleeding gums treatment for you.

There are also a number of simple steps you may wish to consider when it comes to treating bleeding gums – changes to your oral health routine that could help stop the problem becoming more serious. To work effectively, these steps should be followed every day, rather than just on occasions that you notice blood when you spit:

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes with a toothpaste like parodontax daily specialist toothpaste. When used twice a day, parodontax daily specialist toothpaste is 4x more effective* than a regular toothpaste at removing the main cause of bleeding gums.
  2. Use a manual or electric toothbrush with a small head and soft round bristles, paying particular attention to the gum line.
  3. Floss or use interdental brushes to remove plaque from hard to reach areas, like in between your teeth.
  4. Use a mouthwash such as parodontax daily mouthwash, which provides everyday gum protection.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly as they may spot problems with your gums before you have any symptoms. If you do experience gums bleeding, report it promptly so your dentist can help you treat it before it becomes more serious.
     

*Removes more plaque bacteria than a regular toothpaste, following a professional clean and twice daily brushing.